Neil V.

Trusts & Estates
Estate Litigation


New York City & Uniondale

T: 516-227-0733

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About Neil

Neil V. Carbone practices in all three areas related to Trusts and Estates – planning, administration and litigation.

Neil handles sophisticated estate planning and administration. His practice includes planning for high net worth individuals and families, preparation of wills and trust agreements, administration of estates and trusts, and representation of clients before federal and state taxing authorities. Neil’s clients include trust companies, banks, foundations, other institutions, and individual fiduciaries and beneficiaries.

In addition, Neil maintains a robust litigation practice. With experience at both the trial and appellate levels, Neil has successfully represented clients in a wide variety of litigated estate and trust matters, including will and trust contests, contested fiduciary accountings and fiduciary surcharge and removal proceedings. Neil has also achieved favorable results for clients in proceedings for the turnover of property to and from estates, proceedings involving claims against estates, proceedings to construe and/or reform wills and trusts, disputes related to the spousal right of election and a variety of other contested proceedings.

Neil appears regularly before the Surrogate’s Courts and appears before other courts throughout New York and the United States Tax Court.

Prior to joining Farrell Fritz, Neil was a partner at Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP. He was previously a Senior Court Attorney at the New York Court of Appeals.

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  • St. John’s University
  • St. John’s University School of Law

Bar Admissions

  • New York

Court Admissions

  • US District Court, Northern District of New York
  • US Tax Court

Affiliations & Appointments

  • American Bar Association, Member, Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section
  • New York State Bar Association, Member, Trusts and Estates Section; Chair, Estate Litigation Committee
  • New York State Bar Association, Member, Elder Law Section
  • New York State Bar Association, Member, Trial Lawyers Section
  • The Association of the Bar of the City of New York, Member, Committee on Trusts, Estates & Surrogate’s Courts
  • Nassau County Bar Association, Member, Surrogate’s Court Estates & Trusts Committee
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‘All kinds of stories and explanations are popping up’: My brother moved in with our mother after our father died in 2015, and transferred family property into his name

There’s a gray line between the skulduggery of an opportunistic child and coercive control. The latter typically involves isolating the…

May 17, 2022

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‘We’re concerned this woman may persuade him to leave his house to her’: My father, 85, moved in with a female friend. Can I declare his home abandoned?

Your father’s home belongs to him and him alone, and he is under no obligation to put the house in…

March 25, 2022

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‘She was granted power of attorney, but she is abusing that power’: My sister is taking complete control over my 94-year-old mother —and even changed her will

“Like most states, Florida law allows a person to bring a petition for the appointment of a guardian,” says Neil…

March 18, 2022

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My daughters will inherit our $2 million estate, but one child struggles with depression, and only works occasionally. How do we protect her after we’re gone?

“Among the benefits of having a corporate trustee are that their fees often include services that individuals will pay other…

February 10, 2022

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My brother-in-law is executor of my late father’s $9 million estate and refuses to give us a full accounting. What can we do?

“The executor will have to report all assets collected; all taxes, debts and expenses paid out of estate funds; all…

January 12, 2022

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Gifts Of Equity Can Produce Unexpected Tax Pitfalls

Tax issues, said Neil V. Carbone, partner at Farrell Fritz, P.C., in New York, include gift tax and income tax. A sale…

January 10, 2022

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6 of the Best Assets to Inherit

Over the next 30 years, there will be a massive transfer of wealth from one generation to the next, a…

December 13, 2021

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‘I trust no one!’ My fiancé wants my share of our home if I die, but I have a disabled adult son. Is this the kind of man I should marry?

If you do go ahead with the wedding? Seriously consider a prenuptial agreement. In the absence of such an agreement,…

December 06, 2021

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My father desperately begged me, ‘Son, get a lawyer. That woman is going to take away your inheritance!’ My stepmother kept $1 million after he died

I’m sorry you went through this, and that you lost an inheritance your late father had intended for you. He…

December 03, 2021

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Estate Taxes Could Ensnare Trusts Favored By Wealthy

Two current tax proposals target key points of most wealthy clients’ estate plans. One’s getting all the headlines, but the…

October 26, 2021

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Time To Change Your Estate Plan – Again

The revenue portion of the Build Back Better Act (BBB) that is moving along dramatically changes the landscape for transfer…

September 27, 2021

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Cuomo Trust Likely Protects $1M From Lawsuit Damages

Douglas and other attorneys spoke to Law360 Pulse about the enforceability of Cuomo’s $1 million trust in general terms without…

September 24, 2021

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5 of the Worst Assets to Inherit

Over the next 30 years, Americans will transfer trillions in wealth from one generation to the next. The median inheritance…

September 14, 2021

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Press Releases

17 Farrell Fritz Attorneys Recognized as 2022 Leading Lawyers by Best Lawyers

Farrell Fritz congratulates 12 attorneys on being selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America©  2022.…

August 19, 2021

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Four Farrell Fritz Attorneys Recognized in Chambers 2021 High Net Worth Rankings

Farrell Fritz is pleased to announce that Estate Litigation partners John (Jack) J. Barnosky, Neil V. Carbone, John R. Morken,…

August 10, 2021

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Neil V. Carbone Joins Farrell Fritz’s Trusts & Estates and Estate Litigation Departments as Partner

Farrell Fritz is pleased to welcome Neil V. Carbone as a partner in the trusts & estates and estate litigation…

June 23, 2021

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Best Lawyers

New York Metro – Trusts and Estates, 2020-2021

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AV Preeminent Peer Review Rating

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Leaders List, 2016-2021

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NYSBA Empire State Counsel

Pro Bono Recognition

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Legal Services for New York City

Pro Bono Recognition

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Katten Muchin Zavis Rosenman

Pro Bono Service Award

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Chambers and Partners

Private Wealth Disputes – New York